What is Domestic Violence?

by Vincent Rivera, Kansas Criminal Defense Lawyer

The law defines “domestic violence” as

An act or acts of violence or threatened act of violence or any crime or violation committed against a person or against property directed toward:

  • a person with whom the offender is involved or has been involved in a dating relationship; or
  • a family or household member by a family or household member.

A threatened act of violence can have a very wide range of meanings. One example of many would be if you were to get into an argument with your spouse and threw a Q-tip at them angrily this could actually be Domestic Violence.

Family or Household member defined by law:

  • Persons 18 years of age or older who are
  • Spouses and former spouses
  • Parents or stepparents
  • Children or stepchildren
  • Persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or who have lived together at any time

Dating relationship defined by las is a social relationship of a romantic nature.
Factors that decide if a dating relationship exist can include:

  • nature of the relationship;
  • length of time the relationship existed;
  • frequency of interaction between the parties; and,
  • amount of time since termination of the relationship, if applicable.

If you or a loved has been charged with Domestic Battery the consequences could be severe and life altering. Call Vincent Rivera to schedule a free consultation immediately at (913) 210-0844

determining whether a conviction is a first, second, third or subsequent conviction

Conviction includes

  • being convicted of a violation of K.S.A. 21-3412a, prior to its repeal, this section or entering into a diversion or deferred judgment agreement in lieu of further criminal proceedings on a complaint alleging a violation of this section
  • being convicted of a violation of a law of another state, or an ordinance of any city, or resolution of any county, which prohibits the acts that this section prohibits or entering into a diversion or deferred judgment agreement in lieu of further criminal proceedings in a case alleging a violation of such law, ordinance or resolution;

If you or a loved has been charged with Domestic Battery the consequences could be severe and life altering. Call Vincent Rivera to schedule a free consultation immediately at (913) 210-0844

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